Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

     
 

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Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe (Robert Coote) that the house might be hauntedSee more details below

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Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe (Robert Coote) that the house might be haunted, the tenacious young widow calmly establishes residence with her young daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and housekeeper Martha (Edna Best) in tow. Sure enough, the place is haunted by the spirit of its previous owner-a bombastic, profane, yet somehow attractive sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). When Lucy steadfastly refuses to be frightened by Captain Gregg, he takes a liking to her, and the two become close friends (in standard ghost-movie tradition, only Lucy can hear or see the Captain). Realizing that Lucy is in dire financial straits, the Captain offers to dictate his colorful memoirs to her, which she promptly parlays into a best-seller and a lasting literary career. Slowly but surely, Gregg falls in love with Lucy.

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A beautifully crafted piece of Hollywood fantasy, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a far-fetched but moving fable about a sea captain who haunts a widow. They fall in love as the grizzled captain dictates his real-life adventures to the widow, who turns them into a book. Enormously winning performances from the underrated Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison drive the film, and the direction of veteran Joseph L. Mankiewicz is almost flawless. Natalie Wood plays Tierney's daughter. Stylish craftsman Philip Dunne adapted the whimsical story from a novel by R.A. Dick. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a superb illustration of how post-World War II Hollywood could deftly handle a romantic fable during an era when the movies could deliver escapism without big-budget pyrotechnics. The film ended up being remade as a pedestrian TV sitcom in the late 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2013
UPC:
0024543920083
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
1,234

Special Features

Commentaries by Greg Kimble and Christopher Husted; Commentaries by Jeanine Basinger and Kenneth Geist; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Tierney Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison Ghost of Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders Miles Fairley
Edna Best Martha Huggins
Isobel Elsom Angelica
Vanessa Brown Anna, as an adult
Helen Freeman Author
Natalie Wood Anna, as a child
Robert Coote Coombe
Victoria Horne Eva
Whitford Kane Sproule
Anna Lee Mrs. Miles Fairley
Brad Slaven Enquiries
William Stelling Bill
David Thursby Sproggins
Heather Wilde Maid
Houseley Stevenson Actor
Stuart Holmes Man on Train

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
Eleanor Behm Costumes/Costume Designer
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
George W. Davis Art Director
Richard Day Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dorothy Spencer Editor

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